In Years 7, 8 and 9, all pupils pursue a course which will encourage them to enjoy, appreciate and participate in music in the years ahead. There is a strong emphasis on practical work which includes instrumental playing, singing and composing. Pupils also develop listening and aural skills as they learn to appreciate music from a wide range of styles and from different cultural traditions. The work in the lower school also provides a foundation which prepares pupils for GCSE if they decide to opt for the subject in Year 10. There is a large selection of keyboards, guitars and percussion instruments available for classroom use. The department also has several computers which are used for composing and music technology. Instrumental teachers visit the school and there are opportunities for pupils to learn a string, brass or woodwind instrument or take vocal lessons. Private lessons for guitar and percussion are also organised.
Pupils are encouraged to take part in the many extra curricular activities which are organised. These include an orchestra, choir and wind group. During the last academic year pupils took part in the Carol Concert at The Brangwyn Hall, the School Eisteddfod, a St. David's Day Celebration and a choir and orchestra tour to Lake Garda. In addition to our annual School Production in July, we also hold a summer and winter concert in conjunction with the PTA. We also put on performances for local organisations such as the Royal Institute of South Wales and Langland Golf Club. Pupils are encouraged to rehearse at home where possible on keyboards or digitally using free keyboard apps on smartphones or tablets or using virtual keyboard online. All worksheets and audio material used in class is available for pupils to download or print in the school library.